Washington State University researchers have made a key first step in economically converting plant materials to fuels: keeping iron from rusting. The researchers have determined how to keep iron from rusting in important chemical reactions that are needed to convert plant materials to fuels, meaning that the cheap and readily available element could be used […]

University of Queensland researchers unraveled of a 50-year-old mystery that may advance herbicides and treatments for infection. The research team, led by UQ’s Professor Luke Guddat, revealed the complete three-dimensional structure of an enzyme, providing the first step in the biosynthesis of three essential amino acids – leucine, valine and isoleucine.  The research paper has […]

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) researchers have developed a new method to convert gaseous, low-weight hydrocarbons into more complex molecules by illuminating the hydrocarbons with light in the presence of a suitable catalyst. In industry, gaseous hydrocarbons, such as ethane and methane, are frequently changed into molecules that can act as building blocks for pharmaceuticals […]

Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars. Led by PhD graduate Qusay Bkour and Professor Su Ha in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering […]

A University of California – Berkeley team has now cracked the strongest of carbon-hydrogen bonds, those on a molecule’s terminal carbon. The C-H bond – 2/3rds of all bonds in hydrocarbons – has defied chemists’ attempts to open it up and add new chemical groups. The reaction catalyst is an iridium atom to break the […]

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